The International Woolmark Prize, known for helping launch the careers of designers like Karl Lagerfeld and Yves Saint Laurent, has just announced its 2014-2015 nominees in the U.S.
This year marks a major change in the competition: For the first time, there will be separate winners in womenswear and menswear.
The 2014/15 womenswear nominees are Jonathan Simkhai, M. Patmos, Nonoo, Rosie Assoulin and WHIT; up for men's wear are Antonio Azzuolo, Mark McNairy New Amsterdam, Ovadia & Sons, Public School, Timo Weiland and Todd Snyder. The U.S. winner in each category will be named July 15, after presenting six sketches and one fully produced look, all in Merino wool.
Both will win $47,000 for their lines before competing against their counterparts from competitions held in Asia, Australia, Europe and India/Middle East. The menswear finalists will move on to compete at the London Collections: Men in January 2015, while the womenswear winners will compete in Beijing that following March. The ultimate international winner in each category receives another $94,000.